"Her own language is very different too," Rani said with a faint smile. "She spoke a little of it last night for me. I thought I'd recognized a few words out of Spanish, but when she repeated it slower, they were nothing alike."
When Irene tapped her and asked if she was alright, Akeirra stirred only faintly. She concentrated on the words and found that she knew them.
"I am... right," she said slowly. Rani put her arm around the alien woman's shoulders.
"She told me last night that she's far better at reading English than speaking it," she said. "Provided she passes the entrance exam, her first and most intensive class will be ESL."
When Aruko asked who felt ready for the exam, Rani grinned.
"I'm ready for anything," she said boldly. She looked over to Akeirra.
"Are you ready for the entrance exam?" she asked, speaking slowly and enunciating every word clearly. Akeirra flashed her a faint grin and nodded.
"Rready," she agreed.